Clonmel Rowing Club was established in 1869 on the Eastern End of Moore’s Island by a group of local boating enthusiasts. It still occupies the same site today. To generations of Clonmel people it is affectionately known as ‘The Island’. An iconic timber Clubhouse painted with blue and white diagonal stripes was built in the late 1880’s. As the years went by it was extended to accommodate racing boats until it was sadly burnt down in the 1980’s. The club is one of the oldest affiliated rowing clubs in Ireland and one of the oldest sporting clubs in the town of Clonmel and on the River Suir. Prior to the First World War, the most successful years for the club on the rowing scene were the 1880’s and 1890’s. After the First World War the club achieved its first Eights Championship (The Big Pot) win under the Irish Amateur Rowing Union rules in 1920. It also won the famous Leander Trophy at Cork City Regatta. During the 1920/30’s, the club expanded its activities to include tennis, putting, bowling, croquet, athletics and pleasure boating. Swimming became a major feature of the club activities. The Annual Regatta became part of the Irish Rowing calendar, attracting crews and swimmers from around the country. After the Second World War the club had a chequered existence with tennis and pleasure boating coming to the fore as rowing declined. However it had a brief revival in the late 50’s with Clonmel winning the Blue Riband at Dublin’s Metro Regatta in 1958. Sadly the club closed during the 60’s and was not revived and reopened until a group of local businessmen and former members re-established the club to celebrate its Centenary in 1969. Since then it has gone from strength to strength establishing itself as one of the foremost rowing clubs in Ireland at schools/junior level for both boys and girls. The Annual Regatta once again became a feature of Clonmel’s sporting life in the 1970’s. During this time the Boathouse was refurbished, new top of the range racing boats were purchased, a new slipway was built and swimming and diving became part of the club’s activities. A Maiden IV Championship was won in 1975 and Clonmel recorded victories at all major National Regattas. Ladies and schoolgirl rowing was introduced with great success. The Island became the social mecca of the town. In 1979 a new ultra-modern Club and Boathouse was opened and squash was introduced. Frank Kent was the driving force behind the revival and success of the club in those years. The club’s first Junior Schoolboy Four Championship was won in 1980. During the 80/90’s the Club had its most successful rowing achievements with rowers representing Ireland at Henley Royal Regatta, the Home International, the World Rowing Championships and the Coupe de la Jeunesse. Clonmel RC was honoured when Tom Fennessey was elected President of the Irish Amateur Rowing Union in 1996. Tom served in office until 2002. to broaden the membership base and bring more senior members into the club. With that, recreational rowing for men and women has also been started. The grounds and the Clubhouse have undergone a refurbishment and plans are afoot for further development on and off the river. Rowing is and will always be the main objective of Clonmel Rowing Club as we approach the 150th anniversary of the club. In the new millennium the club continued its winning ways, achieving numerous Irish Championships and winning our second eights championship since 1920 in the Junior Women’s eight in 2005. Squash declined and the courts are now used as training gymnasiums. In recent years Dragon Boat Racing, with the establishment of the Paddlers, has become a welcome feature of club activity on the river. It has helped to broaden the membership base and bring more senior members into the club. With that, recreational rowing for men and women has also been started. The grounds and the Clubhouse have undergone a refurbishment and plans are afoot for further development on and off the river. In 2016 one of our members Daire Lynch pulled of a fantastic individual treble, winning the men's Junior scull Championship, the Club scull Championship and the Men's Intermediate scull Championship. He also repreesented Ireland at the world Championships in the Junior men's Double scull come in 8th in the world. Rowing is and will always be the main objective of Clonmel Rowing Club and as we approach the 150th anniversary of the club. “We’re the first in the field and the last to yield. We’re the boys of rare Clonmel.”
ABOUT ROWING Top 10 Health Benefits of Rowing: It’s one of the more calming sports to do, especially in the early mornings when the water is calm and the setting is peaceful. Rowing is an excellent form of exercise, not only because it is good for your health, but also because it can be done solo or as a team to build teamwork. There is something both relaxing and motivating about being on the water. Once you learn the proper technique, rowing can offer a tremendous amount of physical health benefits, including increased power and strength. But even if you don’t have access to water and a boat, your local gym has rowing machines (ergometer) that simulate the same movement and resistance as being on the water. Here are the Top 10 Health Benefits of Rowing
Promotes healthy body composition: Rowing can help maintain a healthy balance of fat mass and fat-free mass in your body. If an analysis of your body composition indicates that your body fat is high, rowing can be a good way to burn off fat, as it is predominantly an aerobic sport. In fact, you can easily burn up to 600 calories per hour.
Enhances cardio-respiratory system: Rowing enhances your lung’s ability to provide oxygen to the blood, heart and the rest of your body. A lack of cardio-respiratory fitness is closely linked to heart disease. The good news is that improving your aerobic fitness can be done in short intervals, so it does not take too much time out of your day. All you need is 30 minutes of steady state exercise – or 10 minutes of high intensity intervals – in the boat or on the rowing machine.
Offers low impact exercise with high results: Both competitive and recreational rowing are unique in comparison to most sports because they exercise all of your major muscle groups. Everything from your legs, back and arms are engaged while rowing. In addition, rowing is a low-impact sport. When executed properly, the rowing stroke is a fairly safe motion, providing little room for the serious injury often found in contact and high-impact sports.
Promotes weight loss: Competitive rowers expend almost twice the number of calories on a 2,000-meter course as a runner in a 3,000-meter steeplechase. However, since rowing is low impact, you will not experience the same wear and tear on your body and joints as you would if you were a runner. Plus, you build strength in your upper body and core.
Helps the heart: Cardiovascular training involves any activity that requires the use of the large muscle groups of the body in a regular and uninterrupted manner. Rowing is one of the few non-weight bearing sports that exercises all the major muscle groups.
Builds muscle strength: The primary muscles that rowers work are the quadriceps, the large muscles in front of your thighs. These muscles are necessary for extending the knee, and they also serve as hip flexors, which allow you to make powerful leg movements. As your quadriceps become stronger, activities and exercises such as walking, jogging, lunges and squats can be done more efficiently and with greater strength.
Reduces stress: The consistent and rhythmic activity associated with rowing, combined with being outdoors on the water, has an unparalleled impact on reducing stress.
Stabilizes the body: Rowing in a boat requires the stabilizer and neutralizer muscles to fire up. Those same muscles might help to avoid a fall or help keep you from hurting your back when lifting a child or a heavy box awkwardly. Your core, or trunk, becomes stronger and better prepared to handle off-balanced movement.
Improves muscle and joint mobility: Rowing conditions many different muscles and joints without straining them, making this exercise ideal for those with arthritis or osteoporosis. The muscles and joints experience a wide range of movement during rowing, which will eventually minimize stiffness and increase flexibility. If you live a sedentary lifestyle or become stiff after long periods of inactivity, loosen your muscles and joints by rowing at a moderate pace for 20 to 30 minutes.
Offers a full-body exercise: A rowing machine works the lower and middle back, hamstrings, calves, gluteal muscles and biceps. Rowing works more body parts than most cardiovascular machines, and it provides a low-impact exercise that people of various fitness levels can complete comfortably.